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Georgia whitewater, Helton Creek

Union county, US 19 to Nottelly River section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 
  The rivers for whitewater rafting and kayaking in this state are often tougher than in other states, so better not forget that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. The natural beauty of Union County and the cool fresh water are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The starting point is not too far from Gainesville, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains
    is a great plus for this river. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. The US 19 to Nottelly River section is one of a few paddling sections in this river system. A bit of exercise and spending some quality
time in nature will have you coming back for more. Whether you're whitewater rafting or kayaking in this general area you'll find lots of paddling spots. This is a short paddling stretch so you'd better be prepared to walk your kayak back to put-in a few times. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination.

Briefly about the general area:
 
Go for a hike on the Coosa Backcountry Trail; Helton Creek Falls is a glorious local attraction. Just can't get enough of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Going to Chattahoochee National Forest in the neighborhood of Helton Creek is a good thing to do, and close by you find splendid places like Nance Payne Cove. At this river you will never have a bad time. A tour to Vogel State Park when you're here at Helton Creek is never a bad idea, and you'll probably meet some folks from Young Harris here. You are near Levelland Cove since you're here at Helton Creek, and Nottely Falls is a picturesque place to stop by while you're at Helton Creek.

Helton Creek, US 19 to Nottelly River road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Helton Creek.
 Whitewater Near Helton Creek:
Helton Creek, Union County, 2 miles away
      Class -blank- - 3 miles long (US 19 to Nottelly River)
Frogtown Creek, Lumpkin County, 4 miles away
      Class III-V(V+) - 2.9 miles long (US 19 to US 19 at Turners Corner)
Blood Mountain Creek, Lumpkin County, 5 miles away
      Class III-V - 1 miles long (to Dicks Creek)
Dicks Creek, Lumpkin County, 5 miles away
      Class V - 0.75 miles long (WMA Gate to Waters Creek Campground)
Dicks Creek, Lumpkin County, 5 miles away
      Class IV - 2 miles long (Waters Creek Campground to Turners Corner)
Chestatee River, Lumpkin County, 5 miles away
      Class I-II(III) - 32 miles long (Coppermine to Lake Lanier)
Chestatee River, Lumpkin County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 11.4 miles long (Turners Corner to Grindle Bridge)
Dodd Creek, White County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V(V+) - 3 miles long (Ravencliff Trail to GA 348)
Chattahoochee River, White/Habersham/Hall County, 8 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7 miles long (USFS Road 44 to Robertson)
Cooper Creek, Fannin County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 5.2 miles long (USFS Route 33 to Mulky Creek Camp)
 Ski Areas Near Helton Creek:
Sky Valley, Georgia , 39 miles away, 210 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Scaly Mountain, North Carolina , 43 miles away, 225 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
Ober Gatlinburg, Tennessee , 59 miles away, 600 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Cataloochee, North Carolina , 72 miles away, 740 foot drop, 4 lifts, 10 runs
 Marinas Near Helton Creek:
Blairsville Docks Unlimited, Blairsville , 8 miles away
Nottely Marina, Blairsville , 11 miles away
Boundary Waters Resort & Marina, Hiawassee , 13 miles away
Yacht Club Mermaid, Hiawassee , 13 miles away
Chatuge Cove Marina, Hayesville , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Helton Creek:
Paradise Hills Resort And Spa, Blairsville , 4 miles away
BEST WESTERN Milton Inn, Blairsville , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn Blairsville, Blairsville , 8 miles away
Quality Inn Helen, Helen , 12 miles away
Hampton Inn Helen On The River, Helen , 12 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Helton Creek:
Vogel State Park, Blairsville, 2 miles away
Chestatee Knoll Campground, Lumpkin County, 3 miles away
Blood Mt Shelter - Appalachian Trail, Blairsville, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Helton Creek:
DeSoto Falls Trail, Lumpkin , 2 miles away
Coosa Backcountry Trail, Union , 2 miles away
Chattahoochee Trail, Union , 5 miles away
Whitly Gap Trail, White , 5 miles away
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Union , 5 miles away
 Public Lands Near Helton Creek:
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Atlanta - GA , 53 miles away
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg - TN , 60 miles away
Chattahoochee National Forest, Georgia , 2 miles away
Vogel State Park, Georgia , 2 miles away
Unicoi State Park, Georgia , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Helton Creek:
Butternut Creek Golf Course, Blairsville , 8 miles away
Old Union Golf Club, Blairsville , 8 miles away
Brasstown Valley Golf Club, Young Harris , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Helton Creek
Lake Qualatchee, White , 9 miles away
Bowen Lake, Union , 14 miles away
Chatuge Lake, Clay , 17 miles away

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